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  • Important: NLCF Data Breach – Steps to take if your charity received funding between 2013-2019
    27 July 2021

    The Civil Society reported this week that the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has experienced a data breach, meaning that charities who received funding from the NLCF UK portfolio, England funding, or Building Better Opportunities funding between September 2013 and December 2019 may be at risk of fraud. How to protect your charity: Watch out for fraudulent ...

  • Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust, grants to help the vulnerable
    26 July 2021

    The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust (AJCT) gives grants to registered UK based charities working to help those who are vulnerable in society, particularly those supporting socially disadvantaged and disabled people of all ages. Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. In past years, most grants have ranged from £1,000 to £6,000. Application criteria Only requests from UK ...

  • Henry Smith Charity – holiday grants for children, deadline 13 August 2021
    26 July 2021

    The Holiday Grants programme provides grants for recreational trips for groups of children aged 13 and under in the UK who are disabled or disadvantaged. This year, given the extraordinary impact of Covid-19,  some temporary changes have been made to the guidelines to provide more flexibility on the types of trip that can be supported. ...

  • Older People’s Day 2021
    26 July 2021

    Older People’s Day 2021 will take place on Friday 1 October and this year, Broad Street Mall will be hosting a ‘market place’ for local service providers and community groups to feature the support they provide to older people in our community.   Reading Borough Council is seeking expressions of interest from community groups and voluntary sector partners ...

  • Update: National Lottery Local Connections fund still accepting applications to 6 August – grants to reduce loneliness and build social connections
    26 July 2021

    The National Lottery Local Connections Fund is offering small grants for grassroots charities and community groups to tackle loneliness and help build social connections. The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections. Grants of between £300 ...

  • Holiday activities for children, families and adults
    22 July 2021

    Here are a number of activities and events taking place over the summer holidays, for young people, families and adults. In many cases, see the attached fliers for full details but links are also provided below. Youth Team Activities Download the flier highlighting activities for young people in your local area run by Brighter Futures For Children’s ...

  • Office space to rent in London Street – available October 2021
    22 July 2021

    A great opportunity to rent office space in central Reading from October 2021. Reading Community Learning Centre, based at 94 London Street, is looking for tenants to  share its Grade 2 listed building, and is also offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire. Rent features: Top floor of 875 square feet, which consists of a very large room, ...

  • Free PPE for voluntary and community groups – deadline 1 August
    22 July 2021

    The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by voluntary sector organisations. You can express your interest in this free PPE by completing this short form with a few details and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery. DHSC has shared the following information: This offer will close ...

  • Pop-up and play – free summer holiday activities for kids
    21 July 2021

    Join Nature Nurture and friends for a healthy, happy summer at four locations across Reading aimed at 5–13yr olds: Dee Park, Amersham Road, Southcote and Whitley… Mondays to Thursdays from 2 – 26 August, 11am to 3pm There will be loads of activities on offer encouraging your child to learn about nature, get active and stay healthy ...

  • NCVO guidance for charities following the lifting of restrictions
    20 July 2021

    Following on from this article,  a number of charities have been in touch with the RVA Advice Service looking for suggestions on how to navigate the lifting of lockdown in terms of keeping everyone safe. NCVO are in the process of updating their Coronavirus guidance for charities, but in the meantime, they have kindly shared the ...

  • Future investment in community support – RBC consultation open until 25 July 2021
    19 July 2021

    Reading Borough Council has launched a consultation on ‘future investment in community support’: Voluntary and community groups have until 25 July 2021 to give their views. You can complete an online form here. Contact Clare.Muir@reading.gov.uk (Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager at RBC) if you have any queries, would like to receive a hard copy of the consultation questionnaire ...

  • Sport England – Return to play grants – applications open until end of 2021
    19 July 2021

    This £15 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic and getting people active for the first time after it This fund makes awards using National Lottery and government funding, of between £300 and £10,000 from a total pot ...

  • Schroder Charity Trust grants
    19 July 2021

    The Schroder Charity Trust is an independent grant-making family trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities. Who can apply Charities registered in the UK What they support The Schroder Charity Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 towards core and project costs to charities registered in the UK for work under the following categories: Arts, Culture and Heritage Education, Training and Employment Environment and ...

  • Ecclesiastical – Movement for Good Awards, phase 2 – deadline 6 August 2021
    19 July 2021

    Ecclesiastical are delighted to be launching their Movement for Good awards for the third successive year – giving back to the communities they serve and championing the issues that really matter to them They are awarding 30 charities a share of £500,000. Grants of £10,000, £50,000 and £100,000 to be awarded. Through their second phase of giving, ...

  • Starting Life Well Fund launched
    19 July 2021

    Get Berkshire Active is excited to announce the release of the Starting Life Well Fund, commissioned by Sport England. This fund is open to organisations looking to support young people aged 5-18 in becoming physically active. From a community centre looking to deliver physical activity in their youth sessions to grassroots sports clubs looking to ...

  • Street parties are back in September
    16 July 2021

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for any weekend in September 2021. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for September you can close your road and ...

  • Veg4Reading aims to double donated harvest this year!
    14 July 2021

    Veg4Reading was set up as an emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis last year and provided over 1 tonne of fresh fruit and veg that had been grown, collected and shared with hundreds of families and others badly affected by the crisis. But with many people still struggling on reduced incomes, basic food parcels continue ...

  • Updated Government Roadmap – Summer 2021
    14 July 2021

    This week the Government announced their updated Roadmap for Summer 2021 indicating that we may be moving to Step 4 from the 19 July 2021. Further announcements are still awaited. These will be shared when available but do continue to check the gov.uk website regularly. Many of the restrictions will be lifted (as detailed in the ...

  • Business Interruption Insurance – is your charity eligible to make a claim?
    14 July 2021

    Earlier in the year the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) successfully brought a test case in the Supreme Court in relation to business interruption insurance, meaning that there is a lot more clarity around when an organisation may be eligible to make a claim. If your voluntary or community group had to close for a period ...

  • Advance notice: formal bidding process of Caversham Court long leasehold disposal/short-term lease – opens 21 July until 17 September 2021
    13 July 2021

    This is advance notice to the voluntary and community sector that the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for the Caversham Court long leasehold or short-term lease will open on 21 July. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12 noon on 17 September 2021. The ...

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